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Wine Events: Week of June 14

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Seems like summer formally kicked off this weekend:  It was down right balmy!

This heat has me breaking out all my rosés.  Go ahead, poke fun at the pink wine in my glass — I just don’t care.  There’s some tasty stuff in them there salmon colored bottles.  And I’m man enough to handle it — shoot, I may even put a cocktail umbrella in it, too.

My current favorite is the 2009 Donkey and Goat Isabel’s Cuvee Mendocino Grenache Rosé, which I tried at last week’s TerroirSF tasting.  The SF Chronicle’s Jon Bonné published an article with his recommendations last week, and Trac Le over at Bi-Rite has been pimping the 2009 Domaine Tempier Rosé .  So go out and embrace summer — buy some pink wine!

[oh, and check out the events below, too!]


Mon., June 14:  Off Beat French Wines @ 18Reasons (Mission)
Fort Mason
San Francisco, CA

Time:  1pm -5pm – $50 (non-members)

f you read this blog, you know I’m a big fan of Bi-Rite and 18 Reasons, and all they do.  Yet again, they are offering locals a chance to expand their wine knowledge and taste some wines you may not have heard of, but are worth checking out.  Here’s the description from the host:

Move over Cabernet, there’s a new kid in town! Join us in the first of a three part series featuring wines that make you go “hmmm”. This month, Bi-Rite wine expert Trac Le will pour and discuss unexpected and lesser-known wines and wine makers from France. We’ll taste 3 reds and 3 whites that offer refreshing and intriguing experiences and expand our French wine know-how beyond Sauvignon Blanc.


Thurs., June 17:  Kevin Kelley @ Arlequin Wine Merchants (Hayes Valley)
Arlequin Wine Merchants
284 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA

Time: 6pm – 8pm – $15

Just under two years ago, the Chronicle named Kevin Kelley as a “winemaker to watch.” No kidding.  This 30-something winemaker has made great inroads with two different labels:  Salinia and Lioco.  While I haven’t had any of Kevin’s Salinia wines, I have had a couple different Lioco wines, including their Indica Red Blend and their Chardonnay.  Great juice, made with minimal intrusion, and at around $20 a bottle, an amazing value for some really high quality wine.


UPCOMING EVENTPinotDays SF @ Fort Mason (Marina)
Fort Mason for Grand Tasting and Other Venues
San Francisco, CA

Multiple Events:  June 16-27

There are a lot of fine events, and tickets are available online for you “Sideways” fans looking to taste a wide variety of domestic pinots.  The Grand Tasting is on June 27th, but there are a variety of events, including wine maker dinners, over the next few weeks.



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